ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith wants to workforce up with Magic Johnson at ESPN, possibly on the network’s pregame present NBA Countdown, in accordance to the New York Put up‘s Andrew Marchand.
For every the Publish, Smith would want to also have Pardon the Interruption cohost Michael Wilbon on a foreseeable future version of the clearly show.
Studies Thursday regarding a opportunity format of the show will come in the wake of Maria Taylor departing ESPN for NBC and Rachel Nichols getting moved off NBA programming.
As mentioned by the write-up, Jalen Rose, Jay Williams and Adrian Wojnarowski are all present regular Countdown contributors, with Richard Jefferson, Kendrick Perkins and Chiney Ogwumike as other doable names who could get additional to the application.
Smith and ESPN are also at the moment in the system of naming a new cohost on Initially Take, right after the community introduced this week that Max Kellerman will join ESPN’s nationwide early morning radio exhibit together with former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson and Williams.
According to Front Business Athletics‘ Michael McCarthy, ESPN is thinking about bringing on NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin to discussion Smith and is eyeing Mondays as a opportunity visual appeal day. If the deal will come to fruition, Irvin is not anticipated to show up on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown or other NFL-associated programming, per McCarthy. For each Marchand, ESPN is also predicted to use other internal analysts in Kellerman’s absence.
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